Predictors of Success in Air Force Institute of Technology Resident Master's Degree Programs: A Validity Study
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The effectiveness of a selection process is directly related to the strength of the relationships between eligibility criteria and measures of performance. Criterion-related validity research provides a means to establish the nature and strength of predictorcriterion relationships. Predictors used by the Air Force Institute of Technology AFIT in selecting military officers and civilian employees for graduate school include admission test scores and undergraduate grade-point-averages. Using a sample containing 2170 cases which spanned the period from 1977 to 1982, predictorcriterion relationships were demonstrated for AFITs in-residence masters degree programs. The differences in key predictorcriterion relationships between 17 graduate programs were statistically tested. As a result, it was found that some masters degree programs could be statistically combined with others to enhance prediction. Prediction model were developed using multiple regression. These models were shown to be superior to the present selection process. Correlation matrices, program groups, and prediction models are presented.
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